As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Blank Space” and Hozier becomes the first solo male in the chart’s top five in nearly three months, as “Take Me to Church” jumps 6-3.
Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 this week?
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars
The song debuted on the Hot 100 last week at No. 65. Following the Nov. 19 premiere of its official video and the Nov. 22 appearance by the pair on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, it blasts to No. 18. It vaults 18-3 on Digital Songs with a 107 percent increase to 110,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (good for the Hot 100’s top Digital Gainer nod), and nears Streaming Songs with a 249 percent gain to 2.5 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS.
Pentatonix, “Mary, Did You Know?”
The vocal quintet scores the Hot 100’s top debut at No. 26. After the song’s video premiered on Nov. 11, it enters Streaming Songs at No. 13 (6 million, up 280 percent). It also launches on Digital Songs at No. 22 (51,000, up 403 percent). Written in 1984 (by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene), the holiday ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance.
Fergie, “L.A.LOVE (la la)”
Fergie makes her first appearance in the top 40 (41-36) as a lead since she notched five top 10s, including three No. 1s, from her solo debut The Dutchess, in 2006-07. In between, she added two top 40 hits in featured roles: on Nelly’s “Party People” (No. 40, 2008) and David Guetta and Chris Willis‘ “Gettin’ Over You” (also featuring LMFAO) (No. 31, 2010).
Band Aid 30, “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)”
The new rendition, featuring vocals by One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, among other British pop stars, bows on the Hot 100 at No. 63. Sales account for 90 percent of its chart points, as it starts at No. 15 on Digital Songs (60,000 in its first week). The song, whose proceeds go to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, has charted twice before on the Hot 100: Band Aid’s 1984 original hit No. 13 and the cast of Fox’s Glee took its cover to No. 92 in 2011.
Nicki Minaj, “Bed of Lies,” featuring Skylar Grey
The rap ballad begins at No. 70 after the duo sang it on the American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 23). On Digital Songs, it opens at No. 23 (50,000, up 265 percent). It’s Minaj’s 56th Hot 100 hit, tying her with Madonna and Dionne Warwick for the third-most entries among women since the chart began in 1958. Aretha Franklin leads with 73, followed by Taylor Swift (66).